On Monday, eight men advanced from the Round of 16 at the Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun to take part in Tuesday’s live telecast (4 p.m. ET) on Golf Channel. Among the eight in the Open Division are six hitters ranked in the top-10 in the World Long Drive rankings: Justin James (No. 1), Maurice Allen (No. 2), defending Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun champion Will Hogue (No. 3), Kyle Berkshire (No. 5), Justin Moose (No. 6), and Tim Burke (No. 9). Kevin Shook (No. 19) and Eddie Fernandes (No. 20) will round of Tuesday’s quarterfinal matches.
“It was a huge grind,” said Fernandes following the Round of 16, who advanced to the televised portion of the event for the second consecutive year. “It’s a lot for this 48-year-old body, but I feel good. I’m just tired. 10 sets [of eight balls] is a lot in one day.”
Berkshire was one of four competitors on Monday to surpass the 400-yard mark. “[That] was the hardest ball I’ve hit all year. It was exactly what I was trying to do. I was trying to aim way out right and just trap it and pull it in. I absolutely flat-lined it.”
The Open Division quarterfinal matches will be:
Tim Burke (Orlando, Fla.) vs. Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Eddie Fernandes (Winter Garden, Fla.) vs. Justin Moose (Columbia, S.C.)
Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.) vs. Kevin Shook (Bradenton, Fla.)
Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. Maurice Allen (Pine Hills, Fla.)
On Tuesday morning, the preliminary round of the Women’s Division is scheduled to get underway at 10:30 a.m. ET, which will followed by the quarterfinal matches narrowing to four women competitors taking part in the telecast at 4 p.m. ET.